Cheap clothes, electronics, food — all of it travels the globe by ship. And the true cost of shipping is higher than you may think.  Learn more about this and what you can do to make a difference at World Community’s  film screening of Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping on Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.

90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all.

Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers? Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, Freightened reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry.

Check out the film trailer at www.worldcommunity.ca.  Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome.

PS: Mark your calendars for the next screening in the series, Al Gore’s  Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Thursday October 26th at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre.

 

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Janet Fairbanks

World Community